Renato Moicano looked better than ever earlier tonight (Sat., Nov. 12, 2022) at UFC 281 live on ESPN+ from inside Madison Square Garden in New York City, when the Brazilian contender stopped lightweight Brad Riddell with a first-round submission (rear-naked choke).
Moicano commanded this fight from start to finish. The lengthy lightweight utilized range and a crisp jab to soften Riddell up. Riddell tried to get inside to land his own offense, but it wasn’t working. After a mid-round scramble to the ground Moicano was able to transition to the back and work for a pretty easy rear-naked choke finish.
Check out the final moments below courtesy of UFC/ESPN:
Moicano, 33, was coming off a decision loss to Rafael dos Anjos back in March so this was key to keep himself afloat in the jam-packed lightweight division. It was a tremendous performance by the former featherweight on the feet and on the ground, as well as a hilarious post-fight interview (shown below).
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